LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of The Angler by Thomas Buchanan Read (1822-1875).
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for August 29th – September 19th, 2010.
http://www.archive.org/download/theangler_1009_librivox/theangler_read_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 36s (mp3@64kb)
BUT look! o’er the fall see the angler stand,
Swinging his rod with skilful hand;
The fly at the end of his gossamer line
Swims through the sun like a summer moth,
Till, dropt with a careful precision fine,
It touches the pool beyond the froth.
A-sudden, the speckled hawk of the brook
Darts from his cover and seizes the hook.
Swift spins the reel; with easy slip
The line pays out, and the rod like a whip,
Lithe and arrowy, tapering, slim,
Is bent to a bow o’er the brooklet’s brim,
Till the trout leaps up in the sun, and flings
The spray from the flash of his finny wings;
Then falls on his side, and, drunken with fright,
Is towed to the shore like a staggering barge,
Till beached at last on the sandy marge,
Where he dies with the hues of the morning light,
While his sides with a cluster of stars are bright.
The angler in his basket lays
The constellation, and goes his ways.
This fortnight’s poem can be found here.